R1F specs dilemma...

Discussion in 'Asus' started by PROPortable, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. unclesam

    unclesam Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks Justin for the concise and informative guide...i see things now from a different perspective...:cool:
  2. P8RSON

    P8RSON Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    2MB v 4MB cache ~ In reality, very little to notice.
    Utilising the new Core Duo (and Core 2 Duo), data is passed that fast that a 4MB cache does very little in improvement over a smaller 2MB.

    However, a 1MB v 4MB is a completely different fish to fry.
  3. PROPortable

    PROPortable Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Listen, when it comes to CPU's, there will always be a better, faster model and Intel will sell it like it's the holy grail of computing that you've been missing your entire life. There is a lot of truth to that and I'm certainly not going to say their isn't, however it's all relative. CPU's of the last two years are fairly above and beyong the software people are using them with. CPU's have jumped many times above the rate software has, so although new software to benchmark those changes are being made, software to really make use of them aren't moving as fast. So, when benchmarks don't even show a huge difference, it's pretty much going to mean you'll never see the difference either.

    There a two things that are a deffinate....

    1. Everyone wants the top end.... cpu, hard drive, ram...... whatever.. house, car, etc...

    2. When it comes down to it, there are only a small, small group of people who either need it or could afford it.

    When it comes to the US configuration of the R1f, it's configuration has more to do with pricing placement than satisfying that top end Asus customer. The problem is, Asus has held out hope for those people in the past and simply let them down anyway as those people either don't have the money in the end to make the purchase, or they are continuous waiters, simply waiting for the next big thing....... So Asus decided to play the high end game another way..... Make high end systems (build, features, design, etc) and then configure those systems to be about mid-high end.... enough ram that most of the customers won't need to add more for a year or so, yet room for that hardcore use to expand....... a hard drive that'll suit the masses of higher end users (only to disappoint those who need really high end speed and storage), and a cpu that is right for that unit, both in the performance it creates and therefore the heat it creates, but also in it's price. The difference between one cpu and another could mean a jump in the cost of the system by 20-25% and at that rate, it would put the system right off most people's plate.

    Right now, most people don't realize that they'll probably be buying a new system in two or three years without making use of their 64bit cpu (with the exception of those actually buying the 64bit version of vista), but since it'll come in 32bit also, we can write that off as a huge improvement........ but in terms of software running on that 64bit OS... most people won't be getting into them for probably more than three years.

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